Speaking poetic truths about cancer

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Steve Davenport is the author of two poetry collections: Overpass (Arsenic Lobster/Misty Publications, 2012) and Uncontainable Noise (Pavement Saw Press, 2006). The terrain of Overpass is the Illinois floodplain across the river from St. Louis; the figure who hovers above it all is a woman diagnosed with breast cancer named Overpass Girl.

Breast Cancer Consortium has published several pieces by Steve Davenport: the poem “Good Housekeeping” from Overpass and a companion essay to the collection “No Apology for Happiness” — in which Davenport writes about what it is like to have a friend diagnosed with stage IV (metastatic) breast cancer. Here, Illinois poet David Wright reads another moving piece from Overpass that also speaks of Overpass Girl, the poem “Popular Science.”

Davenport’s poems, stories, and essays have been anthologized, reprinted, and published in scores of literary magazines both on-line and in print. A story in The Southern Review received a 2011 Pushcart Prize Special Mention. His Murder on Gasoline Lake, published in Black Warrior Review and later as a chapbook by New American Press, is listed as Notable in Best American Essays 2007. He has a website: Collected Works of Gasoline Lake.

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